On Tuesday former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper’s attorney asked U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon to show mercy to his client, as is Mr. Harper’s right. Unfortunately, one of the considerations in the motion was that young African-American males would see Mr. Harper’s incarceration as proof that “the system” was not to be trusted (“Judge Rejects Harper’s Mercy Plea,” March 12).
As someone who abhors racism and finds the term “race card” repugnant in most uses, I must say that this was not a consideration at all and Judge Bissoon’s denial of the motion was quite correct.
I submit that it was Mr. Harper himself who gave more proof to all of us (race aside) that “the system” often has people who will abuse it and, if found, they are punished.
Mr. Harper has been said to be a fine man in many ways. The consideration asked for in this motion was not the act of a fine man.